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Published September 27th 2022
A small ancient island to be explored
Granite Island is located just a short walk from Victor Harbor. The main town is 85km drive from Adelaide City (1.5 hours) and has been a popular holiday spot for many years. It is also a short drive from Port Elliot, Goolwa and Hindmarsh Island.

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Explore the natural beauty of the island.


As its name suggests, Granite Island or Nulcoowarra is made from granite rock. The small island is one of South Australia's many National/Recreational Parks. It is inhabited except for wildlife. You can find fairy penguin colonies, wallabies, numerous sea birds, seals, dolphins, small reptiles and insects. You may also observe whales during certain months of the year.

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Granite formations.


The easiest and quickest way to get to Granite Island, Victor Harbor is by car. However, you may also catch a train to Seaford and then a bus or if you are in the nearby towns of Goolwa or Port Elliot, check the Cockle Train timetable as trains also run to Victor Harbor.

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Coastal scenery along the Kaiki Loop Trail.


Granite Island was once home to a whaling station but is now a tourist destination with several activity options for all ages and budgets.

What is there to do on Granite Island?

Horse drawn tram.

Click here for further information. Granite Island is connected to the mainland by a 630m long causeway or bridge. You can chose to walk the causeway or get a ticket to the horse drawn tram. The tram has been transporting passengers back and forth since 1894. You can purchase tickets and view the timetable from the causeway entrance.

The Big Duck Tour

Click here to see tour availability and book. About halfway through the causeway, you will find Big Duck Tours. You can chose two different routes: The longer 90 minute Southern Ocean Adventure or the 45 minute Seal Island Tour. Both tours offer stunning coastline sights as well as wildlife spotting.

Walking the Kaiki Loop Trail

Click here for more information on the Kaiki Loop Trail. This 3.5 km loop walk takes around 45 minutes to complete. The trail surrounds the island's perimeter, offering stunning coastal views and plenty of wildlife spotting. Depending on the time of day and season, you may spot Fairy penguins, small reptiles, seals, dolphins, all sorts of sea birds and whales.

The walk is considered easy, with some small hills, stairs and plenty of signs to give you direction and information. The Kaiki Loop Trail also features an outdoor sculpture collection and impressive natural granite rock formations.

Fishing and swimming

The causeway is a popular spot for locals and tourists to throw a fishing line whilst enjoying the scenery of both the mainland and Granite Island.

Victor Harbor on weekends

When visiting Granite Island you may as well enjoy the mainland town. Victor Harbor offers many dining options, shopping, mini golf, ice cream parlours, pony and camel and amusement rides for little ones on weekends, close to the Causeway you will find the Cockle Train Station, where you can catch a train (one way or round trip) to the nearby towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot and enjoy the coastal ride.

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Your Comment
We have granite mine in Mount Isa Queensland. Its not actually operating mine but a place with rock boulders, granite slabs and stunning outback sceneries.
https://www.weekendnotes.com/granite-mine-mount-isa/
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|533) 63 days ago
Has the old causeway been demolished yet?
by Bev (score: 2|145) 65 days ago
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